>> California’s attorney general, Kamala Harris, joining an outpour of criticism against the six-month jail sentence for summer Stanford university swimmer, Brock Turner, for raping an intoxicated and unconscious woman. She’s the most high profile elected official in California to question the sentence. The concern I have in that case is that that victims voice was not heard, it was not respected, and she was not given dignity in the process.
I have personally prosecuted sexual assault cases, rape cases, child molestation cases. And when someone is facing a 14 year exposure, which is what I believe was the exposure in this case, there's gotta be an extraordinarily mitigating facts to reduce it down to what I think ended up being 6 months.
And I don't know if the facts actually merit that kind of a mitigation. The case has gone viral on the internet not only in the US, but around the world with outrage over the light sentence and sympathy for the victim who's 7000 plus word letter addressed to the attacker has been read over thirteen million times on buzzfeed, which posted it in full.
It's also been read in full by a CNN presenter, and on thursday, part of it was read by Texas congressman, Ted Poe, on the house floor.>> I tried to push it out of mind, but it was so heavy I didn't talk.>> New York city mayor Bill de Blasio posted a live video to his Facebook page of several people, including his wife reading the letter and actress Lena Dunham offered support for the victim on Twitter, with a video about sexual assault.
There's also a petition to recall the judge, Aaron Persky, on change.org with nearly a million supporters. Officials have said he's received death threats as well. A spokesman of the Santa Clara County Court has said that the judge can't comment on the case, as Turner is appealing his conviction.